Dear Members of the Darden Community,


Welcome to September and the first edition of the Diversity and Inclusion Digest.  Our hope is to raise awareness of opportunities, events and resources to help better engage with topics related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion both at UVA and beyond.   As is the case at the start of every Academic Year here at Darden, in can seem like there are an overwhelming number of opportunities to pursue. Some of the resources and events listed below may be personally significant and meaningful to you, and there may be others you’re encountering for the first time. This message isn’t going anywhere and, in fact, will be archived on our Diversity@darden blog. Feel free to bookmark, peruse and engage at your leisure! If you have anything you’d like to share or announce, please do not hesitate to email us at



The Darden Diversity Team


Upcoming Commemorations and Observances

Mid-Autumn Festival –September  10

Patriot Day – September 11

National Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 – October 15

Rosh Hashanah – September 25 – 27

Yom Kippur – October 4 – 5


Upcoming Events

Case for Inclusion

 Friday, 9.9.,  1:30pm – 7:00pm EST

“Case For Inclusion” was created to serve as an in-depth, Darden case-method, experience for diverse students and corporate partners to tackle a contemporary diversity business case and to facilitate small group career discussions between students and recruiting corporate partners. For more information, please contact Registration is required.

Darden Women in Leadership Summit: The Great Reinvention

Friday, 9.23, 8:30am – 7:00pm EST

The theme of this year’s event is “The Great Reinvention.” The summit will feature leading-edge discussions, networking and skill-building focused on developing and celebrating female leaders in times of change.

Global Food Festival

Sunday, 9.25, 4:00pm – 6:00pm EST

Global Business and Culture Club (GBCC) is proud to host the most awaited event of the year, the Global Food Festival, on Sunday, September 25. Come out for a day filled with food, performances, and cultures from all around the world! Tickets can be purchased by venmo-ing GBCC. For more information, please contact\

GWIB Women in Finance Panel

Wednesday, 9.28, 5:30pm – 6:30pm EST

Join us in a panel discussion from General Motors, JP Morgan, and Raymond James Financial to learn about different opportunities in finance, including investment banking, wealth management, corporate finance, and strategic initiatives. Virtual Option available

Global Capitalism and How the World Became Rich

Thursday, 9.29, 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

A panel examines the role of capitalist institutions in the global wealth boom, their effect on democratic systems, and the sustainability of democratic capitalism across the world. The discussion charts the rise of global capitalism and implications for our future, featuring Mark Koyama and Jared Rubin (authors of How the World Became Rich: The Historical Origins of Economic Growth), and UVA’s Fahad Bishara and Jennifer Bair.  Moderated by Robert Bruner


Training Opportunities

That’s the Way of the World, Intro to DEI

Tuesday, 9.13, 12:30pm  – 1:45pm EST

Diversity, equity, and inclusion. These are words that affect many of our lives but what do they really mean? How are they defined? What can they mean to you? Join us as we provide an introductory overview of these definitions and their potential value to you. Should you have any questions, please contact Sly Mata at Offered by UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I Felt That; Microaggression and Its Impact

Thursday, 9.22,  12:30pm – 1:45pm EST

This presentation will provide an overview and definition of the concept of microaggressions. Additionally, this presentation will provide examples of three distinct types of microaggressions and the impact it has on individuals. This workshop will also provide participants with an approach on how to defend themselves from microaggressions using the R.A.V.E.N. method. This method is useful in confronting microaggressions in different scenarios and situations. If you have any questions, please contact Sly Mata at Offered by UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Introduction to Implicit Bias

Tuesday, 9.20,  12:30pm – 1:45pm EST

Join us for an introduction to implicit bias. In this session we will seek to understand a particular type of bias commonly referred to as implicit bias. We will engage and consider ways we can become more aware of our own biases (where they come from and how to notice them) and learn specific approaches we can take as individuals to mitigate negative implicit biases we may notice. Offered by UVA’s Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion




Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Inclusive Language Guidelines

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Business As Usual: 5 Things You Can Do to Normalize DEI in Your Organization

Mindfulness Monday Meetups

Q1 Sessions with Debbie Wilson


Additional Events of Interest

Santosha for Sisters – Fall 2022

Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:15pm EST

This weekly class held on Tuesday evenings is part of CSC’s Flourishing While Black program and is designed with Black women and non-binary students in mind who are looking for an affinity space to practice mindfulness and other contemplative practices. Each class includes beginner yoga flow, a guided meditation, and an opportunity for reflective discussion. All are welcome so please come as you are. Attendees may participate virtually via Zoom or in-person in McLeod #2010. Class is free. Registration is required.

Roe V. Dobbs: The Future of Reproductive Health

Thursday, 9.8, 11:00am – 12:00pm EST

An expert panel discusses the historic Supreme Court 5–4 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade. They examine the altered abortion landscape, how we got here, and what the ruling means for both the future of reproductive health and the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court. This event is part of the Miller Center’s new Health Policy Initiative. A virtual option is available.

Employee Resource Group Fall Fest

Friday, 9.9, 11:00am – 1:00pm EST

UVA’s ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) and Affinity Communities will be hosting the 1st Annual ERG Fall Fest on Friday, September 9 in the Newcomb Ballroom. This event is open to all faculty and staff (Academic and Health), and in particular, hopes to welcome new faculty and staff! The following groups will be represented: Latinx ERG, Black Faculty/Staff ERG, Native and Indigenous Relations Community, Asian American Pacific Islander Group, Military Veterans Group,

LGBTQ Committee, Organization of Employees from Africa, Disability Action & Advocacy Committee. There will be snacks, swag, and ways to get involved with each of these organizations/groups. Join us as we kick off the academic year, celebrating the diverse UVA community!

East Asia Center Welcome Reception

Friday, 9.93:30pm – 5:00pm EST

The East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and students interested in East Asia. It currently sponsors a speaker series, grant programs, and promotes academic activities and cultural events related to East and Southeast Asia. Join the East Asia Center for their Fall welcome reception, to be held outdoors Friday, September 9in Pavilion Garden X (by Randall Hall). Rain Location: Minor Hall Lobby

Dr. Shakti Butler – Planting Seeds for the Future

Thursday, 9.15, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST

Shakti Butler, PhD, visionary, filmmaker, transformative learning educator, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many – is President and Founder of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., a non-profit transformative educational organization. Rooted in love and justice, Shakti produced films, curricula, workshops and programs that are catalysts for institutional, structural and cultural change. This presentation will focus on how we work towards a vibrant future where belonging, not othering, is the norm through bridging and other collective relationships.

Pride Street Fair and Fun Day

Sunday, 9.18, 11:00am – 4:30pm EST

This signature Pride event from the Charlottesville Pride Network will feature vendors, performances, food and drinks community building and more. Follow @Cville_Pride_Network for updates on other events during the week and throughout the month including trivia nights and a moderated discussion of the film Truman and Tennessee



What We’re Reading/Watching/Listening To

5 Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion

Waypoints: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes

Serena Williams Forced Sports Journalists to Get Out of the “Toy Box’ – and Cover Tennis as More than A Game